Come find out what happens when 8 bloggers swap outdated items for much needed makeovers in the Home Treasure Swap!
A while back I asked by the nice folks at Porch.com if I’d like to be a part of their Home Treasure Swap. I’m horrible at these, as seen with what I did with an item from another similar event.
It’s not that I lack imagination, it’s that I procrastinate. But I pulled it off and it was fun! I love to figure out how to repurpose items. See how I make patio lights from K-cups.
Home Treasure Swap
8 Bloggers played along. We were teamed up with one other blogger and my partner is Kristen from Capturing Joy.
- Capturing Joy
- Today’s Creative Blog
- Masion De Pax
- Happiness in Homemade
- Place of My Taste
- Design Dining and Diapers
- Artsy Chicks Rule
Visit each blogger to see how they took on the Home Treasure Swap!
We had to find 5 items from our home and send them to our partner to find out what they could create with it. See what tacky items I sent to Kristen here. I think I kept my items pretty tasteful, but Kristen on the other hand really wanted to test my skills!
I was nervous to get my package and once it arrived, I had every reason to be! Kristen sent me some real doozies.
4 out of 5 were easy to think of ways to update and change, but one……… one was just too much of a 1979 throw back…..not enough paint in the world could help that old tin milk jug.
Item One – Wood Box
I started with the wooden box first. The size was good, the functionality was good…..the color and paper design were so not my style.
- I tore the paper off
- Chose a charcoal colored Chalk paint by DecoArt called Relic
- Brushed on one coat, even over the paper that wouldn’t come up and it covered well.
- Used a Krylon Gold Leafing paint pen for my design.
I was inspired by the Mud Cloth Designed Votives that Creative Contributor posted a few weeks ago and thought I’d try something similar. I loved the free hand approach since I can’t even draw a straight line.
I’ll use this box as some sort of an organizer.
Looks pretty cute as a party organizer. I grabbed a few items from my Party Pantry and filled it up. It looks black, but it’s actually a smokey charcoal. I’m loving it mixed with the gold.
Item Two – Hook
There was a time I would have LOVED this as is. I live Filigrees and hooks always come in handy. As much as I love Filigrees, I didn’t want one on a plague. I also didn’t want this as a hook, but I liked the overall shape.
- I took the hook off.
- Painted with the same Chalk Paint. That’s the beauty of chalk paint. No priming. No sanding and usually one coat.
- Outlined and created a monogram with the same gold pen.
I thought about writing WELCOME on it, but my hand writing wasn’t the look I was going for. If it looked like Ali Edwards, I’d be all over it!
Using a sticker to trace is a great option. I used this same method with my Confetti Painted Mugs.
I grabbed an old wreath I hadn’t used in years and created a spring time door in minutes and placing my new Monogrammed plaque right in the middle with cute ribbon.
I think that will do in a pinch, bringing a little spring to my door.
Too bad my pots aren’t flourishing yet. The petunia’s were just planted 3 days ago……with a little time, they’re going to be beautiful!
It would also make a cute little hanger to place on an inside door too.
Item Three – Basket with Hooks
This was fine as is.
Great for a command center, or craft room. I hung mine on my peg board. Easy.
The harvest gold tin milk can will be taking a trip directly to the Goodwill and the tin pocket….. that’s another one that could use a paint job.
There you have it! Now head over and see what I sent Kristen! I can’t wait to see what she did with them.
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Arlo Elaine Boutwell says
I guess it just goes to show different strokes for different folks. The only two items I loved were the milk can and metal pocket!! Cool hanging basket with hooks for your craft room. I bet this was a fun party.
That is funny! I must be the over abundance of milk jugs in my youth! And the tin pockets….I over did it on those too!
capturing joy with kristen duke says
Kim, I love it! You did such a great job of re-purposing these items! The party organizer is my FAVE!